Kwik Sew 3617 isn't a new pattern for me. I used it here and here. I considered combining the two views - the neckline of View B with the long sleeves of View A. Instead, I decided to just make the neckband of View A gathered.
I was so tired when the Preacher took this picture. Apparently, too tired to even straighten out my shirt. Pardon those wrinkles on my right side. I took a nap right after this picture was taken. :)
It was a pretty simple change. I just cut a strip of fabric the same width as the neckband pattern piece and twice as long as the neck opening. I gathered both edges and sewed it to the neck edge. Since I cut a straight strip, the lower edge of the band is less gathered than the top edge. Then I attached the neck band facing at the top edge, understitched it and stitched in the ditch along the lower band edge to keep it down. I did press the gathers since it looked a little poofy when I was done.
The only other alterations I made were adding length to the body and the sleeves, but since it was awhile ago, I don't remember how much I added.
This fabric is rayon jersey and feels great. But, there are some problems with it. First of all, I don't really like to wear prints. I like them on other people. I like them on the bolt. I don't like them on me. This is a recent discovery. Second, prints with circles can be particularly tricky to sew and wear. Check out this post. I saw this right before I cut into my fabric. I tried to be careful with print placement when cutting out and for the most part, I think I avoided the bullseye effect. However, I will still feel a bit self-conscious wearing this. This top isn't going to be one of my favorite things and I plan to wear this under a jacket most of the time, so I'm not too concerned.
Next up: I'll tell you about this jacket, which is now (finally) finished.